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It’ll Be Slow Go Before No Go Northbound On The Blatnik Bridge Starting Wednesday

Last Thursday I traveled from Duluth to the Nemadji Golf Course in South Superior for a cross country meet.  Since the Blatnik was closed from Duluth to Superior and the Bong was ridiculously busy, I drove the few miles to use the Oliver Bridge.  I shook my head when I saw the sign that said the Oliver Bridge was also going to be closed.  Regardless, the construction, bridge inspections and repairs continue.  Here's what changing.

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Nick Cooper- TSM Duluth
Nick Cooper- TSM Duluth
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UPDATE: Significant Closures on Blatnik Bridge to Impact Traffic Starting August 22

For anyone that uses the Blatnik Bridge to travel between Duluth and Superior, you should look for an alternative route starting August 22. A scheduled repair project to the bridge is set to begin on Monday, August 22 that will have a significant impact on traffic into October. 

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Blatnik Bridge Inspection Will Slow Traffic Beginning Monday, July 11

A routine inspection of the Blatnik Bridge will begin on Monday, July 11, so motorists are asked to be patient during the inspection times . 

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Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth
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Routine Annual Inspection Of Blatnik Bridge Saturday, October 3

Inspections of our Northland bridges have been going on all summer and now it's the Blatnik Bridge's turn this Saturday.  We can expect some traffic delays, but with the Superior-bound closure in progress they are doing what they can to minimize traffic issues.

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Gusty Winds Blow Though the Northland Thursday, Spiking Over 70 MPH in One Place

Even if you haven't been outside today, it's pretty easy to see (or hear) it has been super windy. Forecasted wind gusts around 40 mph and dry, warm air have actually prompted the National Weather Service to post red flag warnings for much of the area. That said, how windy has it been today so far?

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Senator Roger Reinert Comments on the Blatnik Bridge Lighting System Completion

After two years, the Blatnik Bridge lighting system is complete, and today Senator Roger Reinert offered his thoughts on the project. 

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Northbound Lane on I-535 Blatnik “High” Bridge Reopens Today; Bong Bridge Construction Starts in 2014

If you're heading to Duluth from Superior on the Blatnik tonight you'll be able to use both lanes.  The right lane will reopen at approximately 6:00 PM.  But take note, you may experience temporary lane closures next week.

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The Blatnik Bridge, a Key Link Between Duluth and Superior, Has Been Classified as “Fracture Critical”

Transportation officials say the Blatnik Bridge is among 7,795 bridges across the country that has been classified as "fracture critical" or "structurally deficient".

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Remember the Arrowhead Bridge Between Duluth & Superior? Here’s A Trip Across from 1984 [VIDEO]

Cathy and I were talking today the bridges between Duluth and Superior and she brought up the Arrowhead Bridge.  I had heard of it, but I'm too young to remember so I went on the web to see if I could find some info. Not only did I find out some cool facts, but also found this video on YouTube!

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Are the Blatnik and Bong Bridges Open? Here’s How You Find Out

Just about every time we have snowy and windy conditions here in the Twin Ports, someone inevitably blurts out, "they are going to close the bridges!"  And all of us who work across the bridge  (Duluth or Superior side) start to panic we won't make it home.  The frustrating part of this whole situation is that 99% of the time, the bridges don't close, but misinformation is spread anyway by rumors.  Here's where you can go to find out for yourself.

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MnDot Announces Road Construction Projects For 2013

Ugh.  That's what we will all be saying come road construction season.  This year will be a record year for the amount of orange cones on the road.  I don't know about you, but I think we deserve a break commuting after the last couple of years we had here in the Twin Ports.

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Motorists Will Be Able To Drive in Both Directions on Blatnik Bridge Beginning Friday

You'll be able to drive in both directions on the Blatnik Bridge beginning Friday.  The drive from Duluth to Superior will be restricted to one lane early next week, it will be nice to have both lanes available once again.

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